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The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Overall: 30 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 1 in. ( 76.8 x 64.8 x 2.5 cm )
Gift of the Ossining Historical Society
In this portrait, young Alfred T. Agate holds his sketchpad under his left arm in reference to his duties as the artist of Wilkes expedition, which he was about to set out on; the gold buttons on his dark blue coat bear the anchor insignia alluding to his forthcoming sea voyage.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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